Friday, February 09, 2007
The Dorchester Conference: 2007 March 2nd – 4th, Seaside Oregon Convention Center
Where Politics is Fun
Every year, Republicans in Oregon gather together for a one-of-a-kind grassroots political conference – Dorchester. This year's conference, the 43rd, is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend filled with debate and camaraderie blended together in the unique way only found at Dorchester.
The 2007 conference will give Oregon Republicans a chance to gather together just months after the recent election to reflect, discuss and unite. The Dorchester Board believes that now, more than ever, Oregon Republicans need to come together – across various philosophies and ideologies – to debate, dialogue and HAVE FUN!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT DORCHESTER…
As always, Dorchester will be filled with lively discussion among delegates on a variety of current issues facing our state and nation. Meant to encourage dialogue across political ideology, issue debates at Dorchester give delegates the chance to learn from one another and vote as a conference on whether or not to support proposed resolutions. Sometimes the votes are close, sometimes they're lopsided…but the debate is never dull.
Once again the conference will include U.S. Senator Gordon Smith and Congressman Greg Walden, as well as many elected legislators and local officials. The speeches given by these leaders are always insightful, and the ability to interact with them in a casual atmosphere is an opportunity not often available outside of Dorchester, but at the conference, delegates can share their thoughts and ideas directly with political leaders.
And there is the infamous - and sometimes irreverent - Tent Show, which follows the Saturday evening banquet and festivities. For years, the Tent Show has kept Dorchester delegates laughing, and sometimes groaning, at jokes pointing fun at notable events from the past year and all sides of the political spectrum.
Delegates can expect a conference that will provoke thought, provide opportunities for networking, introduce them to new friends and reacquaint them with old friends, allow for some quality time on the scenic Oregon Coast, and make all who attend think about the future of Oregon politics and how Oregon can move forward.
Visit www.dorchester.org for more information.
HOW DO YOU REGISTER?
It's easy! You can register online at www.dorchester.org (you can submit the form electronically and pay with a credit card or you can print the form and mail it with a check). If you don't have web access, Dorchester can mail you a registration form. Those will be going out to past delegates by mid-January and the Board is always happy to add new, interested folks to their mailing list.
There are discounted rates for students as well as internship (free registration in exchange for help at the conference) and scholarship opportunities.
Don't miss this great weekend - See you in Seaside!